SPECIAL EVENTS IN AUGUST
MIND AEROBICS ART CLASS: An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-5pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor.
HANDMADE CARD WORKSHOP: Tuesday, August 4 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade birthday and friendship cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Members need to register in advance by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, August 5 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
AARP MEETING/ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Thursday, August 6 at 1:00pm. An open invitation is extended to local adults age 50+ to attend the regular monthly meeting of AARP Chapter #4314. Following a program by Comfort Keepers, there will be an ice cream social. Free. Reservations are not required. Call 704-216-7714 for more information.
HEALTH AND FITNESS CLUB: Wednesday, August 12 at 2:00pm. The program will be "Agility and Balance." Come and join Fitness Trainer Angela Hendrix and play games that work the mind and the body, improving your balance and agility. This program will be held in the Fitness Annex. Wear exercise clothing and athletic shoes. The Health and Fitness Club is open to all adults 55 and older who are interested in improving their health or learning more about health matters. There is no charge for this program.
PROTECTING YOUR INFORMATION SEMINAR: Wednesday, August 19 at 2:00pm. Find out how to back up your valuable computer information and how to protect yourself from Internet threats (viruses, spyware, hackers stealing your information, malware, spam, phishing, pharming, keylogging). Presented by John Sjoblom of CRX Computing Solutions, who is a retired employee of the US Department of Homeland Security. Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer session. There is no charge for the seminar, but registration is requested by Monday, August 17. Call 704-216-7714 to register.
OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB - SALEM LAKE -TRAIL WALK OR CANOEING: Friday, August 21. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 7:30am. The group will be leaving early to beat the heat, carpooling to Salem Lake in Winston-Salem. The lake trail is 7 miles, but since it's a loop around the lake, participants may walk as far as they like and then turn around to join the others at the boating area. Canoeing is also an option for those who prefer to canoe instead of, or in addition to, hiking. The cost is $4 per canoe. Bring water, a bag lunch, insect repellant and $3.00 to help drivers with gas. Dress appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.
MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, August 26 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come out and enjoy "Gifted Hands," with Cuba Gooding Jr. starring as pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who overcomes enormous obstacles to study medicine and save lives at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Free and shown on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. (Motion picture license #12137390).
ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP IN ROWAN COUNTY: Thursday, August 27 at 5:30pm. Please join us for a light meal, featured speakers and time to share thoughts, feelings and tips on caring for ourselves and our loved ones with dementia. Affiliated with the Western NC Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, the support group is facilitated by Home Instead Senior Care and Trinity at Home. For additional information, contact Teresa Dakins at 704-788-3399 or Deborah Tillman at 704-603-2779.
BUS TRIP TO MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY, UPTOWN AND HAMLET VINEYARD: Friday, August 28. Motor coach transportation will leave the Center at 8:00am to travel to Martinsville, Virginia. We'll visit the Martinsville Speedway, NASCAR's oldest and shortest track. The track is legendary for its Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog and for the many records that drivers accomplished there. NASCAR Sprint Cup and Truck Series and Late Model Stock Car Race are held at Martinsville Speedway. We will tour the pits, garage, press box and fan suites. Then the bus will take us around the track for a first hand feel of what the drivers experience during the race-only in slower motion.
Afterwards, we will head to Uptown Martinsville with time to explore local stores and enjoy a Dutch-treat lunch from one of three local restaurants. Visit Studio 107 and watch artists at work. Stop at Rucker's Antique Emporium & Auction House, showcasing beautiful pieces that can't be found just anywhere. Bring an antique piece and find out what it's worth. Other shops include Fido's Finds and Kittie's Kollectibles, Junkin' Gypsy, Junkbabies Antique Mall and Mollies Originals where everything is custom made from aprons to business card holders.
Later we will travel to the Hamlet Winery and sample wine from the Vineyard. Hamlet Vineyard is family owned and operated. The property features 3,500 grapevines among rolling hills and a Tasting Terrace. Their historic home, called Eltham Manor is listed among the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Virginia Landmarks Register.
From there, we will travel to the Philpott Dam Visitor Center and Overlook before stopping on our way home at Dippers, which specializes in homemade ice cream made daily with fresh sweetened cream and the finest ingredients. Special indulgences include hand-stirred fudge, homemade pies, cakes, cookies.
We will return to the Center around 6:30pm. Cost is $35.00 per person. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to purchase a ticket.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 5th at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early.
COMPUTER CLASSES: Please pre-register by contacting the Front Desk at 704-216-7714. Participants must be members of the Center.
iPad Class: Wednesday, August 5 from 1:00-4:00pm. Bring in your iPad and improve your skills in basic operations including how to download apps and learn tricks to making use easier. You will need to know your passwords to your iPad and app store. The cost is $10.
Basic Computers: Thursday, August 13 from 9:00am-12:00 noon. This class is for people who are new to computers. We will learn the basics of having fun on the computer---how to get on the Internet, copy and paste, use word processing...and more. If you have your own laptop, you should plan to bring it to class. The cost is $10
What Do I Do with My Summer Vacation Photos? Friday, August 21 from 12:00 noon-3:00 pm. Do you have hundreds of pictures on your digital camera or cell phone from your summer travels? What are you doing with them? In this class, we will work with Picasa, a program which allows amateurs (like most of us) to edit photos easily.
You will need to bring your laptop (if you have one) along with your camera or phone. If you do not have a laptop, you may use one belonging to Rufty-Holmes. You will also need either a memory card from your camera and/or the cords used to connect your device to the laptop. This will be a good opportunity to play with your summer vacation pictures........Who knows how good they will look by the time you finish! The cost is$10.
ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: Join one of 27 different land or aquatics exercise classes offered weekly at the Center. Participants must be members of the Center and receive a fitness consultation. There is no charge for participants who hold valid SilverSeakers® or Silver&Fit® supplemental insurance benefit. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714.
CHAIR MASSAGES: Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Fridays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment call 704-213-6059.
Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers.
Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free with refreshments.
Senior Games Shuffleboard will be held on Friday, August 7 from 8:30am - 11:30am in the Addie Rhem Morris Room. Chair Volleyball is held each Friday afternoon at 1:00pm in the Rufty Fitness Annex.
OTHER CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH:
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am
Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Rufty-Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, August 3 at 8:30am
Ambassadors Club - Monday, August 3 at noon
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, August 6 at 10:00am
Multiple Myeloma Support Group - Monday, August 10 at 10:30am
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, August 10 at 2:00pm
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, August 13 at 9:00am
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, August 13 at 6:30pm
Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, August 18 at 10:00am
NARFE - Monday, August 17 at 1:00pm
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, August 18 at 11:30am
Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild - Thursday, August 20 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, August 20 at 7:00pm
LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702.
BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center's Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information. Free.
LISTEN TO "SENIOR MOMENTS" DAILY MONDAY-FRIDAY AT 6:25am & 10:25am ON MEMORIES 1280 WSAT RADIO.
APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County.
APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an appointment.
ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800-835-5302.
"ARE YOU OK?" SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704-216-7703 for more information.
GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID.
GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center's Information & Assistance Program at 704-216-7700.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5 MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE # 1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252.
COUNTY RESIDENTS AGE 60 AND OLDER CAN QUALIFY FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE TO THE CENTER AT 704-216-8888.
SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE FOR ANY LOCAL OLDER ADULT WHO NEEDS HELP WITH PROGRAM FEES FOR CLASSES OR ACTIVITIES. NO ONE IS REFUSED PARTICIPATION BASED ON AN INABILITY TO PAY PROGRAM FEES. SUPPORT FOR PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIPS IS PROVIDED BY THE BLANCHE & JULIAN ROBERTSON FAMILY FOUNDATION. CONTACT ANY STAFF MEMBER FOR INFORMATION.
WANT TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL HOLIDAY, BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY OR THANK YOU GIFT FOR THAT OLDER ADULT WHO ALREADY HAS EVERYTHING? STOP BY THE SENIOR CENTER OFFICE TO PURCHASE A DISCOUNT COUPON FOR A CLASS OR ACTIVITY OFFERED AT RUFTY-HOLMES.